Patient Rating:

5.0 out of 5

30 Patient Ratings
35 Patient Comments

Robert Paine III, M.D.

Chief, Division of Pulmonary

Patient Rating:

5.0 out of 5

30 Patient Ratings
35 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-7806
University Hospital
Pulmonary, Clinic 3
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Robert Paine III, M.D. is an experienced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine physician who has been board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He cares for outpatients with a wide variety of pulmonary problems and has particular interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and unexplained shortness of breath. He has a major interest in care of critically ill patients in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) and has an ongoing research program related to the causes and treatment of acute lung injury.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Professor
Academic Divisions Pulmonary
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Pulmonary Disease)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Critical Care Medicine)

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

December 03, 2016

Dr. Paine always seems to be competent and committed.

March 08, 2016

Dr. Paine is great. I can always reach him by phone. In fact, yesterday he called me just to see if I was improving. This was awesome!

December 06, 2015

Dr. Paine is the best! I appreciate his genuine concern for me and my husband as we deal with some very difficult health concerns. I know I can contact him if I have any questions.

September 09, 2015

Dr. Paine is wonderful. I can always reach him quickly if I have a problem in between visits. He has been very thorough in looking for a cause of my problem. I feel very well cared for.

June 20, 2015

I would NOT want to be see by anyone regarding my health care but Dr. Paine - considerate, understanding, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. Wish I had seen him seven years ago!

May 26, 2015

Dr. Payne is always a caring and thorough provider.

April 18, 2015

#2 the reason I didn't give a "very good" is that we don't know the diagnosis for sure, and there are other possibilities that we didn't really talk much about. #5 he said there is some type of medication, but it is fairly new, so there isn't much information about it yet. Other than that, I would give Dr. Paine a 5 star review, and definitely recommend him if the occasion arises.

April 12, 2015

Dr. Paine is my favorite physician. He listens to us and is very thoughtful. I admire the work he does outside his clinic to push for cleaner air for all of us. I appreciate the time he take to answer questions and discuss our problems with us. (For our convenience, he scheduled visits for me and my husband on the same day.)

April 12, 2015

I appreciate that he had read my chart, looked at my tests, and was informed about my situation before seeing me. He had good suggestions. Follow-up in four months

March 08, 2015

Dr. Paine is the very best, there is none better. I completely trust this man!

January 11, 2015

Dr. Paine is the very best at what he does. Very precise on every thing ,leaves nothing to question. I completely trust him!!

December 10, 2014

Dr. Paine is a fantastic physician. He listens to my problems and I can really tell he cares about helping me. He goes the extra mile to make sure we're dealing with the root of my medical problem, not just throwing a medication at me and sending me on my way.

November 22, 2014

Dr. Paine is the only Doctor I completely trust! He's the best I've ever had! Thank You

November 21, 2014

compassionate,interested physician.genuinely interested in his patients and their progress. istens and responds to patients concerns. We are so satisfied with his care

July 29, 2014

There's none better then Dr. Paine,I have complete trust in this man

June 23, 2014

Dr. Payne is always caring and concerned. He thinks outside of just the normal testing and issues in order to treat me as a whole person.

April 29, 2014

Dr. Paine is a very caring person. He spent a lot of time answering my questions.

April 27, 2014

I would have liked to have an appointment in 3 months rather than 5.

March 15, 2014

There's None better then Dr. Paine as far as I'm concerned. NONE !

March 12, 2014

We appreciate the care and kindness afforded us by Dr.Paine. He always makes us feel included because he looks directly at us and senses how we feel.

December 12, 2013

There's none better then Dr. Paine,I have complete confidence in him!

December 09, 2013

I was extremely impressed with Dr. Paine's caring and thorough attitude. He didn't just want to give me a prescription to try and fix the problem. He really seems to want to get the bottom of my breathing problems. I was extremely happy with his care.

October 22, 2013

Dr. Paine is a very good Doctor/person, I am very happy and content with him and his professionalism

September 29, 2013

there's none better then Dr. Paine! This man has done more good for me then any Dr. in my life time!

September 09, 2013

We feel lucky to have a physician that has real interest in our treatment and outcome

August 28, 2013

I have been fortunate in that my former primary physician is now retired and has accompanied me many times for my visits. Dr Paine not only speaks to her professionally before he includes me in the discussion but will then include both of us when using lay terms and this is greatly appreciated. On the occassions when she does not accompany me he will always inquire how she is doing and sends his regards. I always leave with the impression that Dr Paine has appreciated my coming to his clinic and this is a pleasure.

August 19, 2013

Hard to imagine better care.

August 12, 2013

Dr. Paine personally came in to apologize for running late and then gave us an indication of how much longer it would be before we would be seen. We appreciated the fact that he cared to inform us.

July 22, 2013

Robert Paine III was my attending physician. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that a specialist of his caliber and experience was seeing patients, and discussing my health with him was both informative and pleasant. Nothing about the visit was hurried, and the discussions with Dr. Paine were preceded by a series of lung capacity tests to determine what issues I might be dealing with as a cause of my symptoms. One of the reasons my wife and I have remained with U of U Health Care for so many years is precisely because we have developed such confidence in the practitioners and the institutional support network that is available to us. This experience confirmed that decision.

July 15, 2013

Dr. Paine is the best,there's no way I can express my gratitude for him and everything he's done for me!

June 25, 2013

Dr.Paine had a kind, concerning and positive presence. He gave us a hopeful feeling that things would be better and our goal was improvement and we were grateful

September 27, 2012

Very good experience. I consider the initial meeting with Dr. Paine as: pleasant; thorough; informative, instructive and of appropriate duration.

September 10, 2012

Dr. Paine is the best,I have total confidence in him.

June 05, 2012

Dr. Paine is the best,you cann't have any better care!

March 21, 2012

The doctor provided thorough explanations of possible causes as well as details about future tests/steps forward.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Acute Lung Injury Due to Hyperoxia Mechanisms and Opportunities for Modulation
  • Defining the Role of Alveolar Epithelial Cells in Pulmonary Innate Immunity
  • Translational Studies to Improve the Outcome for Patients With Acute Lung Injury and the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Professor
Academic Divisions Pulmonary
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Pulmonary Disease)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Critical Care Medicine)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-7806 Maxwell M. Wintrobe Research and Education Building
Pulmonary Division
26 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Robert Paine is Chief of the Division of Respiratory, Critical Care and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine. He is a tenured professor and holds the Kenneth P. Burbidge Presidential Endowed Chair in Pulmonary Medicine and Lung Transplantation. Dr. Paine leads the Pulmonary Division in its multiple missions within the University of Utah and is actively engaged in clinical care, basic and clinical research, and medical education. He came to the University of Utah to lead the Pulmonary Division in 2007 after 19 years on faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School where he was Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Paine has a long term research interest in alveolar epithelial cell biology in health and disease. In particular, he has studied the role of the alveolar epithelium in pulmonary innate immunity and in the response to acute lung injury. He directs an active basic research laboratory focused on the role on granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) in pulmonary innate immunity and its expression in alveolar epithelial cells. His clinical research activities have involved studies of the potential role of GM-CSF for treatment of human acute lung injury and studies of the impact of air pollution on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He is author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Paine is engaged in education of medical students, house officers and fellows in clinical aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is program director of an NIH-sponsored multidisciplinary training grant in pulmonary and critical care research.

Dr. Paine has wide ranging clinical interests in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is actively engaged in the care of critically ill individuals in the medical intensive care unit (MICU). In the outpatient arena his practice is focused on care of patients with COPD and individuals with unexplained dyspnea. In addition to his clinical work, since moving to Utah he has been engaged in policy issues related to air pollution and sits on the State of Utah Air Quality Board.


Education History

Type School Degree
Research Fellow Boston University
Pulmonary Medicine
Research Fellow
Fellowship Boston University
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Residency Yale New Haven Hospital
Internal Medicine
Internship Yale New Haven Hospital
Internal Medicine
Professional Medical Washington University
Undergraduate Oxford University
Undergraduate Amherst College


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Global Impact

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Education History

Type School Degree Country
Undergraduate Oxford University
B.Phil. United Kingdom


Institution Description Country
L'Hospital Albert Schweitzer Staff Physician Haiti

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